Blackpool battered Runcorn for the whole of the first half but could not find a goal, and in fact found themselves a goal down after an opportunistic attack and well struck shot from the dangerous Runcorn twin attackers. Blackpool’s midfield dominated with Rob Abbott and Dan Woodman in control as usual down the central axis, and unleashing the strikeforce of Simon Thomas and Dave Morgan who saw shots go wide and many others being saved by the in-form Runcorn keeper.
Sam Goudie came on from the subs bench to add further impetus. Another change was made up front with the talented but volatile striker David Wright replacing the tiring Thomas, and immediately made an impact by hooking up with Morgan and firing an equalising goal.
Runcorn fought more in the second half and Blackpool put extra pressure on themselves by having two players consecutively sin-binned for needless offences. Whilst they defended solidly against an improving Runcorn side, the 15-20 minutes they had to play with one less man meant their attacks were less frequent.
Chances kept coming and Morgan was very unlucky not to score near the end, but the team had to satisfy themselves with a draw against a dangerous side who they’d lost to previously. Blackpool still keep a healthy distance away from relegation in 7th place in Division 4.
(Jack had dreamt that he’d receive a card despite never having had even a single green card in his whole hockey career. Maybe that’s why he felt he had to shoulder barge his opposing number (albeit quite mildly) or maybe it was fate?)
Opposition’s Man of the Match – Sam Goudie
© Peter Latimer 31/01/10